Pet Photography

with Shaina Fishman

April 23 – May 14, 2024

Tuesdays; 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $495.00

Course Description

Elliott Erwitt once expressed his fondness for capturing images of dogs, noting their agreeable nature as subjects who don’t oppose being photographed. However, while animals might not voice their objections, photographing them presents its own set of challenges. Similar to any specialized genre of photography, pet photography requires a distinct skill set and specific tools to adeptly navigate these challenges. Embracing these best practices not only enhances the photographer’s experience but also enriches the interaction with the subject, resulting in more compelling and evocative imagery.

Join Shaina Fishman, an expert in animal photography and a successful business owner for over 20 years, as she shares her insights in a four-session online course focused on building your skills in pet photography. This workshop covers the technical aspects of composition and lighting for both studio and on-location settings. Learn how to handle difficult subjects and the subtle art of photographing animals effectively.

Through guided lectures, engaging presentation materials, Q&A, and practical assignments, participants are encouraged and inspired to broaden their artistic vision by capturing animals as subjects. Students have the opportunity to share their assignment work for image reviews, discussing the challenges faced and celebrating their achievements in crafting each image.

Participants need willing animals to photograph for assignments. Be it a doggone delightful dog, a purrfectly poised cat, a hoppingly charming rabbit, or a pig-ture perfect pig, whatever critter sparks their creativity and inspiration. Join Shaina for a fun romp through the world of pet photography. 

Additional Information

All are welcome
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays starting April 23 and ending May 14 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

One-of-a-Kind, Portraiture
Shaina Fishman

Shaina Fishman is a commercial photographer specializing in animals. After studying commercial photography at Syracuse University, she began her career working in fashion photography and spent ten years working as Peter Lindbergh’s digital tech.

Her transition from fashion to focusing solely on animals was sparked when she began photographing her papillon and other dogs at the dog park after long days on fashion sets. Using her time in fashion photography as inspiration she uses a graphic and modern approach. Shaina’s images are playful, humorous, and personify her animal subjects.

She works on assignments from national ad campaigns to packaging and pro bono projects. Shaina has published two books and her work can be seen on packages and billboards around the world.

Instagram: @shainafishman

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